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NRHS grad writes abridged dictionary

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When Josh Abramson started studying for the GRE, he discovered most dictionaries are convoluted and hard to understand - so he decided to write his own.

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"Most of the words are defined with other complicated words," Abramson said. "It's too much work and defeats the purpose of learning. By the time you're done, your brain is confused and you still don't know how to use the word correctly."

"Definitions Made Simple" breaks down those complicated words into simple definitions and provides examples of how to use them correctly.

"I really tried to trim it down and get rid of some of the fat," the 27-year-old said.

While the user-friendly book was created to help Abramson study for the GRE, he said anyone can use it.

"Expanding your vocabulary is important to everyone in life," he said.

Abramson said it took him about a year to complete the book and other than getting feedback from family and friends, he did the entire thing himself.

"I'm pretty obsessive compulsive when it comes to perfection," he said. "I probably revised the introduction to the book 100 times before I felt good about it."

Abramson said it took a long time to get his book into a form that was easy to understand.

"It's hard to simplify things, but I think I've done it with this book," he said.

Abramson said he's not in the book-writing business for the money. Instead, he wants to help others like himself.

"I'm trying to be a better person," he said. "If everyone were more educated we wouldn't have the problems we have today. If you can't communicate effectively, you might send the wrong message. It's about improving society as best I can."

Abramson said he'll likely write future editions of "Definitions Made Simple," to include additional words and definitions.

"Definitions Made Simple" is sold for $19.99 on www.lulu.com. For more information about the book, visit www.lulu.com or contact Abramson at 715-338-5476 or joshua.abramson@ yahoo.com.

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Jackie Grumish
Jackie Grumish has been a reporter with the New Richmond News since 2008. She holds degrees in journalism and fine art from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill. Before coming to New Richmond, Jackie worked as the city government reporter at a daily newspaper in Aberdeen, S.D. 
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